3 Americans in top 10 as Tops-Alexander triumphs in Paris Grand Prix

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3 Americans in top 10 as Tops-Alexander triumphs in Paris Grand Prix

Never before had a non-European rider won the CSI5* Grand Prix at the Longines Masters in Paris. But that changed this weekend, with Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander’s victory in the €300,000 show jumping competition Sunday with her mount California. In fact, the rider’s husband Jan Tops, founder of the Longines Global Champions Tour, had even more to celebrate as another employee of his stables, Alberto Zorzi, took second place on Contanga, ahead of Ireland’s Denis Lynch on The Sinner.   

 - 3 Americans in top 10 as Tops-Alexander triumphs in Paris Grand Prix

At the closing of the 10th edition of the Longines Masters in Paris and with actor Leonardo Di Caprio and others looking on, the German course designer Frank Rothenberger gave the 42 Grand Prix combinations a hard time, with his mix of 13 obstacles proving to be too much for many riders, keeping them out of the jump-off.

Indeed, only seven pairs advanced to the tie-breaking round, including the U.S.'s Spencer Smith with Theodore Manciais and Lucy Davis with Caracho 14. The latter pair were eliminated after a fall, however, although both horse and rider appeared to be okay afterwards.

The battle only really began with the last three rides, all clear with no bars down. Relatively slow on the ground, Denis Lynch’s The Sinner carried the Irish rider across the finish line in 47.03 s. An easy challenge for Edwina Tops-Alexander, who lowered the time to beat by 2.6 seconds on the exceptional California.

"I know that Alberto can beat me," Tops-Alexander said of her colleague from the Tops team, Alberto Zorzi, sizing up his chances. Yet riding Contanga, the Italian also did not go all-out. Finishing 36 hundredths of a second behind, Zorzi had to concede the victory to the Australian, who had not won a CSI5* Grand Prix since the Longines Global Champions Tour in Miami. American veteran Laura Kraut ended up in eighth place in the Grand Prix with Confu. Results here. (Photo below by Sportfot.)

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